10 Gift Ideas for Lovers of Traditional Japanese Crafts

10 Gift Ideas for Lovers of Traditional Japanese Crafts

With the holiday season approaching, Black Friday is nearly here and people are already preparing to purchase gifts for their loved ones. With that in mind, you might be looking for something a little special for someone in your life. If that’s the case, we’re here to take you on a journey of exquisite craftsmanship and timeless elegance as we unveil our top 10 Japanese gift recommendations, curated from the finest artisans across Japan. 

These Japanese treasures, rooted in tradition yet infused with modern sophistication, promise to provide you with a gift that will leave a lasting impression of the unparalleled craftsmanship Japan is renowned for.


1. OMAKASE Gift Recommendations

From the precision of hand-forged knives that embody centuries-old blade-making traditions to the intricate beauty of Yamanaka and Wakasa Lacquerware, and the delicate allure of Edo Kiriko glass, where vibrant colors dance within meticulously cut patterns and each piece tells a story of meticulous artistry.

Here are our top ten recommendations for gifts this season.

1. Yamawaki SKD11 Santoku Knife

This Yamawaki SKD11 Santoku Knife is perfect for that professional chef (or those aspiring to become one!) in your life. "Santoku" in Japanese means: "can do three things well" and this blade is certainly able to cut through meat, fish, and vegetables with ease. This santoku knife, made of SKD11 steel, enables fantastic edge retention while maintaining easy-to-sharpen qualities, making it rust-resilient and great for daily use.

Alongside its beautiful handle, made of Japanese oak with a blue gradation that highlights its unique beauty, it truly is the quintessential kitchen knife.

2. Wakasa Lacquerware Chopsticks

When it comes to Japanese-themed gifts, chopsticks may not jump straight to mind, but they make for a perfect simple present. Wakasa Lacquerware Chopsticks stand as an exquisite embodiment of Japanese craftsmanship, making them an ideal gift for discerning individuals. Handcrafted with precision in the renowned Wakasa region, these chopsticks seamlessly blend traditional techniques with modern design.

The meticulous lacquering process not only ensures durability but also imparts a unique aesthetic, making each pair a work of art. You can learn more about the art of gifting chopsticks in Japanese culture from our article here.

3. Ishizuchi Blue Super Steel Kurohada Tsuchime Kiritsuke Knife Rosewood Handle

Another recommendation for those cooking enthusiasts in your lives. This versatile Ishizuchi Blue Super Steel Kurohada Tsuchime Kiritsuke Knife with Rosewood Handle excels in slicing sashimi and dicing vegetables with precision. Its distinctive tsuchime texture not only enhances the knife's aesthetic appeal but also serves a practical purpose by reducing food adhesion to the blade, making slicing and chopping more efficient.

If you’re looking to build up your knife collection with a blade that embodies Japanese cuisine, then look no further than this particular knife.

4. Edo Kiriko Glasses

Edo Kiriko glasses are the perfect gift choice, combining centuries of Japanese glass craftsmanship with contemporary elegance and luxury. Originating from Tokyo's Edo period, each piece showcases intricate hand-cut patterns, reflecting the rich cultural history. The meticulous artistry transforms ordinary glassware into exquisite works of functional art.

Ideal for toasting special occasions or enhancing daily indulgences, Edo Kiriko glasses make for a thoughtful and visually stunning gift that your family member or loved one is sure to cherish.

5. Japanese Copper Tray

Japanese Copper Trays stand out as a unique gift choice, seamlessly merging traditional craftsmanship with functional elegance. Our selection of Copper Trays, crafted by the skilled artisans at Orii, these trays showcase the beauty of copper—a metal deeply ingrained in Japanese culture, but with a twist.

Using their specialized technique of intentionally inducing corrosion and rust, they can produce infinite exquisite colors and patterns - resulting in each item being truly one of a kind. These versatile trays serve both aesthetic and practical purposes, making them an ideal gift for those who appreciate the artistry and utility of Japanese craftsmanship.

6. Yae Bowl and Plates Set

Our next gift suggestion is not just a gift of a lifetime, but one that will change and mature over your lifetime.

Similar to the evolving texture of lacquerware over time, living with this Yae Bowl and Plates Set feels like living with plants. Drawing inspiration from nature's organic forms, the artisans at YUIYU craft stunning Yamanaka lacquerware that introduces new shapes and colors, enhancing the joy of its use. Just as over time plants grow and change, the colors of these Bowl and Plate lacquerware sets mature with age.

If this exciting Yamanaka lacquerware piques your interest, you can read more about YUIYU, this particular lacquerware style, and another of our artisans, Asada Lacquerware who also specializes in this traditional craft in our special article.

7. Yamawaki Blue Steel No.2 Nakiri Knife

This is one stunning knife that you will only find exclusively with us at omakase. This one-of-a-kind hand-forged Yamawaki Blue Steel No.2 Nakiri Knife has been designed specifically to cut vegetables exceptionally well, whether a soft tomato or a hard pumpkin.

Yamawaki Knives are renowned by fans of Japanese Knives for their sharpness and remarkable durability. Not only is the blade a marvel, but the octagonal handle made from Japanese oak with an eye-catching blue gradation highlights its unique beauty. Be sure to get this gift for your cooking lover soon, as this series of knives tends to sell out fast.

Want to learn more about what makes Yamawaki Knives special? You can read about their amazing history in our article here.

8. RINKA Porcelain Plates

Luxury dining plates are a must for dinner parties, whether you’re the host or someone you know who loves to wine and dine their loved ones. This set of six plates from the RINKA Collection by Miyazaki Tableware (available in small, medium, or large) would certainly be a perfect present to set off any celebration feast. Made from “mino-yaki” porcelain and glazed with a matte finish, they are known for their exceptionally lightweight design.

Not only that, but importantly, they are both microwave and dishwasher safe, making them usable every day for any meal you wish to impress - or just to treat yourself!

9. Frustum Teacups

Next, we have a suggestion that would be perfect for a lover of Japanese tea. The Frustum teacup is truly a modern masterpiece, blending form and function seamlessly. Its unique shape enhances the aroma and taste of tea, making it a must-have for tea enthusiasts.

Not only would we recommend indulging in this cup, but once you or the receiver of the gift has it home, enjoy a calming cup of Japanese green tea or indulge in the fragrant flavors of your favorite herbal tea, green tea, or whatever your heart desires.

10. Sunglasses S-Jazz

Gift the essence of timeless style with Sunglass S-JAZZ, a contemporary reinterpretation of the iconic eyewear once favored by legendary Jazz musicians in the 1950s. A standout piece from the SUNSHIFT® by Bros Japan CLASSIC COLLECTION, these sunglasses seamlessly blend classic aesthetics with modern functionality. The inclusion of innovative photochromic lenses not only shields your eyes from harmful UV rays outdoors but also protects you from blue light indoors.

Make any outfit instantly more glamorous and protect your eyes with these stylish and versatile sunglasses, a thoughtful gift for those who appreciate the fusion of vintage charm and cutting-edge technology.

In Conclusion

As our journey through the Top 10 Japanese Gifts comes to an end, we invite you to immerse yourself in the timeless artistry and cultural richness that each handcrafted piece embodies. Whether you've been captivated by the precision of Japanese knives, the intricate lacquerware from Yamanaka and Wakasa, or the mesmerizing patterns of Edo Kiriko glass, these gifts are more than mere possessions—they are tokens of tradition and craftsmanship. 

Ready to bring a touch of Japan's finest to your life or share these treasures with a loved one? Then feel free to continue exploring our curated collections and discover the perfect blend of luxury and heritage. Your journey into the world of Japanese artisanal excellence continues one extraordinary gift at a time.

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